Jonathan Farinha produced a sizzling run on the opening day of the Carifta trials, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, yesterday.
The Abilene Wildcats sprinter bolted to victory in the Boys Under-20 100 metres final in 10.18 seconds. However, a 2.2 metres per second following wind—just above the 2.0 legal limit—robbed him of a new personal best.
Wind-aided times and jumps cannot earn athletes automatic selection on the Trinidad and Tobago team for the April 19-21 Carifta Games in Martinique. But with yesterday’s scorcher, Farinha is as sure a pick as any of the 24 athletes who attained qualifying standards.
Akidah Briggs led the charge, the Toco Titans athlete attaining the Carifta standard in two events—Girls Under-18 shot put and javelin.
Briggs topped the shot put field with a 14.98 metres throw. Chelsea James also bettered the 12.60m standard, the two-time Carifta Games Under-17 shot put champion finishing second with a 14.05m effort.
There were also two qualifiers in the Girls Under-18 javelin—Briggs (38.81m) and Asha James (38.35m).
Three athletes bettered the four minutes, 05.00 seconds standard in the Boys Under-20 1500m event. Cougars runner Ashton Gill was first home in 4:03.98, beating reigning Carifta 5,000m champion Akeem Marshall (4:04.48) and Jevon Joseph (4:04.67) into second and third, respectively.
And four quarter-milers dived under the 47.80 seconds standard in the Boys Under-20 400m final.
Machel Cedenio dominated his rivals with a 46.27 seconds run, and looks set to make a strong defence of his one-lap title in Martinique. For three-quarters of the race, Asa Guevara battled with Cedenio. On the home straight, however, Cedenio took command, underlining his class with a superb finish.
Guevara finished second in 47.49 seconds, beating Theon Lewis (47.66) and Brandon Parris (47.79) to the line.
Hurdlers Jeminise Parris and Ruebin Walters qualified with ease.
Parris, the 2013 Carifta Games girls’ under-17 300m hurdles gold medallist, won yesterday’s Under-18 100m hurdles in 13.88 seconds.
Walters was the class of the Boys Under-20 110m hurdles field, getting home first in 13.90. Second-placed Aaron Lewis (14.38) also bettered the qualifying standard.
Both Che Richards and two-time Carifta Games Boys Under-17 long jump champion Andwuelle Wright qualified in the Under-18 long jump. Richards finished first with a 7.01m leap, while Wright was the runner-up at 6.93m.
Wind took some of the gloss off of an impressive run from 14-year-old Adell Colthrust in the Boys Under-18 100m final. With an illegal 2.8 metres per second wind at his back, Colthrust, the youngest of the eight finalists, stopped the clock at 10.78 seconds.
Carifta trials continue from 10 a.m. today, at the Crawford Stadium.
24 DAY 1 QUALIFIERS (standard in brackets)
Boys Under-20 100 (10.65)
John Mark Constantine—10.56 in semis
Girls Under-20 100 (11.80)
Aaliyah Telesford—11.49 in heats
Kayelle Clarke—11.72 in heats
Boys Under-20 400 (47.80)
Machel Cedenio—46.27 in final, 47.67 in heats
Asa Guevara—47.49 in final,
47.55 in heats
Theon Lewis—47.66 in final
Brandon Parris—47.79 in final
Boys Under-18 400 (48.90)
Girls Under-18 400 (56.50)
Boys Under-20 1500 (4:05.00)
Girls Under-18 100 hurdles (14.70)
Boys Under-20 110 hurdles (14.70)
Boys Under-18 long jump (6.80m)
Girls Under-18 triple jump (11.30m)
Alisha St Louis—11.58m
Girls Under-18 shot put (12.60m)
Girls Under-20 discus (38.00m)
Girls Under-20 javelin (34.00m)
Girls Under-18 javelin (36.00m)